Alliance Machine Systems International Reviews | Glassdoor

Alliance Machine Systems International Reviews

Updated November 17, 2016
9 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.1
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Mark Duchesne
3 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

  1. "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Machine Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work for with lots of new development opportunities. Engineering has lots of complex and changing challenges to keep things interesting. Engineering team is also looking for more support and growing. Management has been very supportive of my needs and of new ideas.

    Cons

    Like in all larger companies there are certain amounts of paperwork hurdles and wasted time. The recent acquisition by Barry-Wehmiller has made the last year interesting but I think it will be a positive change in the long term.

    Advice to Management

    We need more talented people in Engineering and Service. We have lost good people nervous about the acquisition or too heavy workloads especially in the service department.


  2. "Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fab Shop in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Fab Shop in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had the basics of what you needed to get the job completed. Had good benefits. Making small home projects was OK with approval.

    Cons

    Raise? What raise? Management is of no help if you have a problem with anything. Opportunities to improve or work your way up the ladder are extremely rare, someone has to die or retire. Tools are purchased by lowest price, quality is an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the old cronies club. Most of the leadership was appointed because the were next in line. Most supervisors or managers struggle with basic communication skills. Invest in some basic management training.


  3. "Avoid this employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Machine Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    At the time of hire management was very good and presenting a polished, high functioning team image to outsiders, both prospective employees and suppliers/customers. Compensation and benefits were above average.

    Cons

    Once on board, candidates will find a monster lurking inside. Executive staff was at war with each other and operational management. Executives were openly mocked. Processes and tools were extremely primitive, yet sophisticated results were required. A direct quote in a meeting of operational managers: "What do you expect from an executive staff that behave like a bunch of kindergartners?".

    Advice to Management

    Remove the current management team and start over. What is there is a lost cause.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Purchasing Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Machine Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Long established company with a large employee population that had been with the company 15+ years. Niche market with little industry competition.

    Cons

    Very outdated software and a lot of internal squabbling between departments and lack of direction. Some of the long term employees are extremely resistant to improvement changes to the point of undermining new processes and constant complaining and refusal to cooperate. Some of the personnel in purchasing were very inefficient and more interested in socializing than in helping improve the company processes. Due to these employees longevity with the company management was unwilling to take the necessary steps to improve the function of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Stop arguing among the department management and make the decisions to improve the company.


  6. "Good and bad..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits to date. Productive profitable business with many long-term employees. Recent ownership has the chance of bringing resources to the table that were not previously available.

    Cons

    Acquisition by new owners will erode important benefits. Methods are extremely primitive, and internally the organization has great difficulty pulling in the same direction at the same time. Executive staff have some major personality issues preventing a cohesive strategic planning vision, which hampers the operational staff.

    Advice to Management

    Sophisticated results cannot be realized from primitive methods. The organization is nowhere near as skilled as you like to think.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "NO Leadership makes relaxed environment but not a stimulating one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alliance Machine Systems International full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits
    Great Facility
    Quality Product
    Solid HR Dept

    Cons

    Little Management direction
    Not very challenging
    Poor interdepartmental communication (tribal feel)
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Actually lead the employees with goals and incentives. Create a mission statement that employees want live up to as apposed to meaningless generalities.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It used to be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great People to work with (peers)
    Flexible Hours
    Management intends to do the right thing
    Nice benefit package - better than most

    Cons

    The product manager doesn't know his job and role and creates headaches for others
    No raises for 3 years
    No promotions - ever

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the owner - sell now or clean out the trash in hopes of saving the company - Start at the top!


  9. "Great projects unfortunately engineering is no longer in Shreveport."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Shreveport, LA

    Pros

    Great relaxed atmosphere with friendly employees
    Wonderful holiday meals
    Very relaxed management style
    Great projects while it lasted (product design and engineering is mainly done in Spokane, WA)

    Cons

    Small Company; Below average pay.
    Communication between management and staff could definitely be better.
    Variety in specialty projects lessened after a while.

    Advice to Management

    It's a bit too late to give advice now since most employees are gone. However, better communication would have helped.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Confusion and Politics Abound"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good People
    Relaxed Atmosphere
    Nice Benefit package
    Computer hardware is above average
    Small company
    3rd floor conference room is awesome

    Cons

    Management is confused, poor leadership
    Too much of this is not my group's job attitude
    Lower than average compensation
    Work is not usually challenging or stimulating
    "office" is in a hallway

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps try listening more to employees. Try to eliminate the "kingdoms" that exist and have managers actually try to help each other.